HAMILTON, NJ --  Mercer County officials and residents are mourning the sudden passing of one of its most vibrant leaders: Mercer County Board of Elections Chairwoman Joanne Palmucci.  According to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office, Palmucci died at home Sunday night of "natural causes" with a pending examination by the medical examiner.  

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my good friend Joanne Palmucci, who was a respected and hard-working public servant for many years. My heartfelt condolences go out to Joanne’s family, friends and colleagues," said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. 

Palmucci was first appointed to the Mercer County Board of Elections by Governor Jon Corzine in March 2006. She was subsequently reappointed numerous times by both Corzine and Governor Chris Christie.  

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"Today, I am mourning the loss of my dear friend and colleague, Joanne Palmucci.  She was very dedicated to her job and worked to do her best in that regard.  In fact, she was returning home from a trip to Florida last evening for a special elections meeting," said Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello.  ".  She was also an exceptional cook and a very generous person.  She threw sensational dinner parties and fundraisers.  I will miss her greatly." 

Palmucci was set to undertake a review on Monday morning of mail-in ballots in Princeton and North Trenton in order to re-certify the results of the recent November General Election.  

" Joanne has been a long-time public servant who loved helping the public.  She is someone who used common sense to solve problems and ensure government kept moving forward," said Hamilton Mayor-elect Jeff Martin.   "On a personal note, Joanne was someone I could count on for advice and support.  Her early passing is a shock and she will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to her family in their time of loss."


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